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State gains 12,200 jobs in August - Minnesota recovers all jobs lost from the recession


Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – employers added 12,200 jobs in August, pushing total jobs in the state over the pre-recessionary peak that was reached in February 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said Minnesota has now recovered all the jobs that were lost in the recession, eclipsing the February 2008 mark by 5,100 jobs. The state has added 63,100 jobs in the past year, a 2.3 percent growth rate that exceeds the national rate of 1.7 percent.

The state unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted 5.1 percent, the lowest level since April 2008. The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.

“August’s employment numbers mark a major milestone in the recovery of Minnesota’s economy,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We’ve now recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession, which is one of many positive indicators pointing to continued economic growth.”

The following industrial sectors gained jobs last month: trade, transportation and utilities (up 6,000), education and health care (up 5,500), other services (up 2,300), government (up 1,900), construction (up 1,100), leisure and hospitality (up 700), and financial activities (up 100). Logging and mining held steady.

Manufacturing lost 3,400 jobs, followed by professional and business services (down 1,100) and information (down 900).

Trade, transportation and utilities led all sectors over the past year, adding 18,300 jobs. Other over-the-year gains occurred in education and health services (up 13,100), professional and business services (up 10,200), leisure and hospitality (up 9,400), government (up 9,000), other services (up 2,800), construction (up 2,700), financial activities (up 1,900), information (up 400), and logging and mining (up 400).

The only sector to lose jobs over the past year was manufacturing (down 5,100).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job growth occurred in the past 12 months in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 3.2 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 2.2 percent), Mankato MSA (up 1.5 percent) and the Rochester MSA (up 0.1 percent). The Duluth-Superior MSA fell 0.1 percent.

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Governor Dayton proclaims Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Remembrance

Tue, Sep 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Flags to be flown at half-staff in observance of the 12-year anniversary of 9/11 attacks ST. PAUL, MN – In observance of the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States fla ..... 
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Governor signs disaster relief bill, delivering aid to twenty Minnesota counties

Tue, Sep 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Governor, Minnesota Legislature work together to deliver aid to those affected by severe weather ST. PAUL, MN – Today, in a special session, members of the Minnesota Legislature worked together to deliver disaster relief for twenty Minnesota co ..... 
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I-90 construction in Winona County begins Aug. 26

Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Interstate 90 westbound between Highway 76 and the Winona County Road 12 overpass beginning Monday, Aug. 26, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The closures ar ..... 
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Highway 43 construction in Winona County began Aug. 19

Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists may experience single-lane traffic on Highway 43 between Interstate 90 and Highway 61 as crews conduct culvert repairs and make pedestrian accessibility improvements. Following the culvert repairs, motorists can expe ..... 
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Highway 16 between Lanesboro and Rushford opens ahead of schedule to traffic

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Lanesboro to Rushford is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 16, originally expected to remain closed through August, had been closed while ..... 
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Commerce presents Home Energy Exhibit at 2013 State Fair

Tue, Aug 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Educational displays showcase energy efficiency, renewable energy SAINT PAUL, MN – Whether discovering money-saving energy tips or scouting out renewable energy options, this year’s Home Energy exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair promises to ..... 
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Two legal decisions find Stearns County farmer improperly handled and sold food

Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two recent legal decisions have found a Stearns County farmer improperly handled and illegally sold food without a license. Last week a Stearns County jury found Alvin Schlangen guilty of five misdemeanor counts of food handlin ..... 
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What do bugs, scarecrows and moldy food have in common?

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

What do bugs, scarecrows and moldy food have in common? You’ll find them all in the MDA State Fair exhibit! ST. PAUL, Minn. — Visiting the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2013 State Fair exhibit will be an adventure ..... 
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